Is book reading comfortable with the ipad2?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by marc55, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Was going to a Nook Tablet in the near future to read books, but since we're getting an ipad2 or Samsung Gaxily Tab 10.1 (Still haven't decided!!), I'm just wondering if any of you find it comfortable or uncomfortable to read books on it.

    Thank you
  2. soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    It's been discussed a bit, but I always found it to be tolerable. That's the best word to describe the experience. Could be better, but I'm not running to sell the thing because of it.
  3. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    I don't find it uncomfortable, but the text obviously isn't as sharp as on an iPhone 4 or 'real' e-reader.
  4. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    I love reading book on it. Both ibook and magazine.
  5. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    It's comfortable enough for it not to warrant buying another piece of hardware, thus saving me money and clutter ;)

    I've a few books on the Kindle app and read papers on it on a daily basis and it's good enough for that for me.
  6. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    i don't have any problems reading on it - magazines, ebooks, pdfs, comic books. but there are some people who find it uncomfortable reading off a lcd tablet display.

    a co-worker bought an ipad1 from another colleague and he said that he gets headaches when he tries to read off the ipad. go figure.

  7. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2007
    I have no problems reading on the iPad 2. I read books, magazines and of course websites and I really enjoy it.

    I definitely wouldn't buy something else for that purpose since I already have the iPad.

    My wife had a Kindle before we got the iPad 2s and I don't believe she has picked it up since we bought them and uses the Kindle App exclusively.
  8. TrollToddington macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    I've been reading "The Objective-C Programming Language" on the iPad. I've also been reading "Collected Short Stories" Vol. 4 by Robert Shekley. After getting used to the somewhat low screen resolution I find the iPad a comfortable eReader as long as I hold it in "portrait" orientation.
  9. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    I've got an iPad 2, a Nook Tablet (sold an older Nook Color for it) and a non-backlit Kindle.

    Of the three, the Kindle is the best reading experience in optimal lighting conditions with ambient light (no book light). Outdoors, its about the ONLY eReader that is comfortable to use.

    For indoor reading, especially in bed, I find the Nook Color to be the superior reading experience to both the iPad 2 and the Kindle. The fonts are razor sharp, there's no weird glare from the booklight you'd need to use for the Kindle and its just so much lighter/easier to hold and read than the iPad 2. More than once I've been lying down in bed reading the iPad 2 and dropped the thing forward to smack myself in the face. That hurts.

    But if I had to only have ONE device to serve all my tablet consumption needs, it would still be the iPad 2. Fortunately...I don't have to choose and thanks to Nook and Kindle apps, I can keep all three devices in synch and just pick the toy for the job.
  10. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It is for me. Doesn't mean that it will be for you. Try it for yourself and see.
  11. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    10 people will give you 10 different opinions. I read 1+ books a week on the iPad (have done so since April 2010) between my daily train commute and other spare time. It's been fine for me. I also have a few Kindles in the family (kept handing down old ones as the new ones came out). I only use the Kindle outdoors for beach/pool reading. I hate the Kindle indoors because you really need good lighting for it.
  12. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    I read text/tech books on the iPad and find it more comfortable than a DTB (dead tree book) or a computer screen. For these larger format books, where the layout of charts and graphs is actually important, the iPad is great while a Kindle is just horrible.

    For pleasure reading I prefer my eInk Kindle to the iPad. I find the thinner, lighter Kindle more comfortable to hold for long periods and I like the eInk display. If I hadn't had the Kindle before I bought my iPad, I don't think I would feel the need to buy one. It's not that the iPad is particularly uncomfortable, just that the eInk Kindle is excepional for this type of reading.
  13. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
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    Agreed. OP should test it out at an Apple store or something. I read exclusively on my iPad's Kindle app. My actual Kindles have all been sold or given away. No issues whatsoever with any so-called fuzzy text or headaches from reading off of a backlit screen.
  14. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    It works fine for me. I take it in the backyard to read on saturdays or read in bed most every night before sleeping. The text is sharper than what you see on your laptop but not as good as that on an iPhone. It helps to have a little ambient light in the room. A nice thing is that you can scale up the font size to whatever is comfortable for your eyes.
  15. matt90036 macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    Get a kindle or nook ereader. While iPad 2 will do just fine for basic reading, it is not very comfortable. And going to the Apple store and reading for 15 minutes won't do the trick. You need to read for at least half an hour to feel the difference of LCD screen and Amazon Kindle.
  16. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    iPad 2 works perfectly as e-book reader for me.

    Gave my mom the old iPad, and she loves reading on it.
  17. taipan61 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2011
    corner starbucks
    i use both the iPad and a kindle, it just depends on what, where and when
    i find the e-ink kindle easy on the eyes, easy to hold for days on end, and the charge lasts a lifetime
    for any color the iPad cannot be beat (even over the new fire) it's easy to read magazines and comics, i usually don't have to zoom in with newspapers and if it has a stand i can read no hands while eating breakfast

    both have to be experienced by the user in order to make a valid decision, but whichever you choose...enjoy
  18. secksthoi macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2010
    Love reading magazines and news articles on the ipad. The color, audio, and visuals some publishers support are awesome. For longer readings, like novels, I still prefer my Kindle.
  19. heyloo macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    I've never really had any issues with reading on my iPad2. I guess you'd have to get used to reading on an LCD screen, but it works just fine in my opinion. I load up books, magazines and newspapers on my iPad2 and read on it daily :)
  20. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    It's a pretty crappy reader IMO except there are some advantages and work arounds. Use the Kindle reader app, it has a feature where you can make the background black and the text white, you can further change the brightness of the white text independent of the background brightness, this makes reading books MUCH better. With the kindle app set up right I'd say reading books on the ipad is pretty awesome, the only caveat is the shiny screen, don't be reading when any light is reflecting off your screen or you won't be able to read anything. Reminds me of the commercial with the couple at the beach, one has a kindle and the other an ipad.

    Where the crappy experience comes in is PDF reading. You just can't manipulate them the same way you can a regular mobi file, it just seems you are always zooming in and out and adjusting things to be able to read. I have a lot of medical books on PDF and it's a pain sometimes to read thru them straight thru, BUT you cannot argue the advantage of not having to lug around 100 lbs. worth of medical textbooks, and also being able to annotate them and such. If I'm at home and at my desk I'll usually read the regular book instead of a PDF, but if I'm away from my home, or if I'm even just in bed then I will settle for the PDF file.
  21. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    The only time it's at all uncomfortable to me is reading for too long in total darkness. But the nook tablet isn't e-ink either, so I assume it'd have the same problem.


    Triple-click the home button to turn your whole screen negative for white-on-black in any app.
  22. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Totally agree on the difficulty of working with PDF files, but wouldn't that be the same (or even worse) on an e-ink reader? I thought the discussion was about the differences between e-ink vs backlit LCD, not PDF vs epub/mobi/html.
  23. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Readability of PDFs is hardly an Apple/iPad issue. And they are awful on e-ink readers, especially where color is involved (just a big mess of grays makes it even harder to read).
  24. IsaacM macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2011
    I love reading on the iPad. Especially with the backlit screen I love the fact that I can read in bed and not bother my boyfriend with a light source.
  25. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    well kindles (not the fire) are better for reading because of the e-ink display, however I can read on it.

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